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This week’s National Park Getaway comes ranger-recommended by a 10-year veteran of the National Park Service who sees Missouri National Recreational River as one of America’s greatest waterways.

Missouri National Recreational River protects 98 miles of relatively natural, free-flowing river in South Dakota and Nebraska and portions of two tributaries – 20 miles of the lower Niobrara River and eight miles of Verdigre Creek. The two sections of the mighty Missouri that Congress designated as Wild and Scenic flow fast and wide through sandstone and chalk bluffs where willows and cottonwoods, black oak and walnut trees flourish. Wildlife is abundant. Bald eagles, piping plovers and least terns are among those often seen along this significant flyway for migratory birds.

Visitors can find outstanding conditions for paddling, hiking, camping and fishing. In summer, ranger programs focus on the natural world, recreational opportunities and the historical connections of Plains Indian tribes, Lewis and Clark and steamboat captains such as Grant Marsh.

Paddlers can float downstream along the Wild and Scenic River portions of the “Big Muddy” starting from the Fort Randall or Gavins Point dams. Start your journey by reading this week’s National Park Getaway article at

South Sioux City, Nebraska – Scenic Park directors enforced an evacuation that had campers vacate sites closest to the rising Missouri River.

Campers had to pick up and move all of their belongings to the opposite end of the park and will remain there until further notice.

Park directors are continuing to move folks in the name of safety and say it could be a while before campers are free to move back to their original campsites.

Campers say river levels have been going up and down for the past two months, but they’ve never seen it get this high this fast.

Towering 800 feet over the plains, Scotts Bluff, Nebraska has been a landmark for travelers for thousands of years.

“People on the Oregon Trail, California Trail, Mormon Trail, and with the Pony Express all passed through the Scotts Bluff region,” said National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis. “This part of Nebraska’s North Platte River Valley tells an important part of the story of western expansion and the settlement of the Midwest. This itinerary highlights places that trace the history of the area from its earliest settlement to modern times.”

Modern day tourists can now easily follow the footsteps of Native Americans, fur trappers, missionaries, soldiers, and homesteaders and explore the area with the help of the National Park Service’s new Discover Our Shared Heritage travel itinerary.
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